Our Workforce

Workforce development is economic development and the availability and reliability of a skilled, ready and willing workforce is a top priority for the Development Authority of Lumpkin County.

Lumpkin County has relationships with WorkSource Georgia, Georgia Department of Labor, Lumpkin County School System, University of North Georgia, and Lanier Technical College that can assist existing and potential employers find and retain labor. These existing partnerships help businesses create a pipeline of talent that best fits their specific business needs! Working with the Development Authority and these partners agencies open the door for work-based learning, internships, and apprenticeships. Follow this LINK for more resources.

Our Market

Lumpkin County is the northern neighbor of two of the fastest growing counties in the nation, and is experiencing similar trends in business growth and development. A great diversity of businesses have chosen to locate and expand in Lumpkin County, including StruXure Outdoor, RefrigiWear, Wahoo Docks & Decks, Mount Sinai – Wellness Center, Satellite Industries, and Sun Architectural Products to name a few.

Overall, Lumpkin County is considered to be a viable location with continued growth in the long term. The primary factor for the growth rate is its location along GA 400 just north of the Atlanta MSA, and near the Gainesville MSA. Per capita income figures for Lumpkin County are similar to surrounding counties. The county’s unemployment rates have  improved over recent years, following the national and state trends.

Our Transportation

Among Lumpkin County’s most important assets are its excellent transportation facilities. SR 400, a 4 lane divided highway, connects the county directly to Atlanta. SR 400 has been and will continue to be a key feature in the local economy through attracting business and travelers from the Atlanta metropolitan area. Other primary roadways through the county include SR 52, which is an east/west artery connecting Dahlonega to Gainesville and Ellijay, SR 9 which runs north/south parallel to SR 400 connecting Dahlonega to Dawsonville and Cumming, and SR 60 which runs north/south. US Highway 19 also runs north from the end of SR 400 through the county providing access to the Chattahoochee National Forest and other surrounding communities.

The area is also serviced by a regional airport located approximately 40 miles south in Gainesville. Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport is located just south of downtown Gainesville in central Hall County. The airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Gainesville, consists of two runways ranging from 4,001 ft. to 5,500 ft. long.

Our Support

We are pro-development. Through strong partnerships, infrastructure investment, and strategic incentives, we strive to help you achieve excellence. We pride ourselves on maintaining a hands-on approach for all projects, no matter how big or small. We provide a stable, business-friendly environment with a stream-lined permitting process and an incentives package for qualifying new and expanding business ventures.

Our Quality of Life 

Lumpkin County offers the quality of life the North Georgia mountains are known for, plus a pro-business climate to help businesses grow and prosper. Site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Lumpkin County offers an authentic, mountain experience only one hour north of Atlanta. From live music, arts, and theater, to local shopping and dining, heritage museums, and seasonal festivals, we have something for everyone.

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